Tag: Music

Pandemic Albums

What’s up with them, anyway? It is often said that from suffering and hardship, amazing art arises. It’s an argument that can lead to the flawed conclusion that any form of suffering is somehow less bad because of that, but if we got anything from the pandemic, it’s some amazing albums. Taylor Swift with Folklore and Evermore, two amazingly evocative albums that…

A boy is born on a spaceship.

“There’s no music on the spaceship and he lives there alone surrounded by machines. One day the boy stumbles upon a pirate radio station and discovers music. He falls in love with music and wants to make music himself, but he doesn’t know the rules of music or how it’s supposed to be done. All he has is a radio playing songs…

toasty digital and why Kanye is the gift that keeps on giving.

The album. “It is the year 2049. Kanye West has been missing for nearly 30 years. Rising global temperatures threaten to end human civilisation as we know it. Meanwhile, the president has just made contact with an alternate universe— a utopian version of earth that prevented its own global warming long ago. Through time and space, the alternate universe has sent a…

Dystopian future? Who owns digital media and what does this mean for how we engage with it?

More and more of the media we consume is digital, where in the past someone who loves books might have had shelves full of them, nowadays most of those books might be stopped away in a single device, similar for movies and music, it is all being consumed through apps and websites. This raises some questions about ownership and rights to the…

Hatsune Miku vs Human Voice

In my last two posts, I talked about Hatsune Miku, Vocaloid and utaite (see “Hatsune Miku, the idol who doesn’t exist”  and “Mere cover artists performing in Tokyo Dome?”). I wrote about how many lines are blurry within this community: copyrights, what is popular and how everyone can be both a fan and a creator. While utaite often are only one part…